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Medicare co-payment fee scrapped

Medicare co-payment fee scrapped

April 17, 2015 at 9:55 am

The Abbot Government has formally withdrawn its plans to implement a Medicare co-payment fee. The initial co-payment proposal was received poorly by the public when announced and was also opposed by medical professionals. By Amy Neve, Socialist Party This unpopular policy was then rejected in the Senate despite the Government […]

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Politicians joke as refugee suffering increases

Politicians joke as refugee suffering increases

April 15, 2015 at 9:29 am

The scapegoating of refugees by political elites has plunged to new lows as life continues to worsen for refugees in onshore and offshore detention. Disturbing reports of violence against refugees released into the community on Nauru have also made headlines in recent weeks. By Chris Dite, Socialist Party The situation […]

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Coles & SDA working to slash penalty rates

Coles & SDA working to slash penalty rates

April 14, 2015 at 10:27 am

In the 6 months leading up to December 2014 supermarket giant Coles made $895,000,000 in pure profit. Despite this Coles are trying to impose a workplace agreement that would ‘standardise’ conditions and see newly employed butchers, meat packers and cabinet attendants paid up to $12,500 less a year. By Meredith […]

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Thousands protest community closures

Thousands protest community closures

April 10, 2015 at 10:10 am

March 19 saw protests in dozens of cities and towns across Australia. People came out to oppose the Western Australian Liberal Government’s plans to close 150 remote Aboriginal communities. By Socialist Party reporters Around 2000 people demonstrated in Perth, more than 1500 rallied in Melbourne, while around 500 turned out […]

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Budget: Who should pay for the economic crisis?

Budget: Who should pay for the economic crisis?

April 9, 2015 at 10:14 am

Editorial comment from the April 2015 edition of The Socialist The main focus of the federal government at the moment is preparing the ground for their second budget. While their first budget caused them some political problems, they were able to push through tens of billions of dollars of cuts […]

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Unions rally against Abbott

Unions rally against Abbott

April 8, 2015 at 2:50 pm

On March 4 tens of thousands of trade unionists took to the streets in major cities to protest against a range of Abbott Government policies. Around 20,000 turned out in Melbourne and over 5000 demonstrated in Sydney. By Aishwarya Ramji, Socialist Party The rallies were organised by the Australian Council […]

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Anti-Muslim and anti-racist protesters face off

Anti-Muslim and anti-racist protesters face off

April 6, 2015 at 4:06 pm

The newly formed right-wing group Reclaim Australia held anti-Muslim protests in major cities around the country on Saturday April 4. In most places they were confronted with counter protests standing opposed to their bigotry and racist hate-speech. By Socialist Party reporters Hundreds of anti-racist protesters turned out in Sydney, Canberra, […]

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Coalition hangs on to power in NSW

Coalition hangs on to power in NSW

April 2, 2015 at 8:26 am

Last month’s NSW state election saw a significant swing against the incumbent Liberal/National Party Coalition government, but not enough for it to lose power. By Stephen Jolly, Socialist Party The Coalition suffered a 2.9% swing against it winning 45.6% of the vote (54 seats). The opposition Labor Party (ALP) gained […]

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‘Reclaim Australia’ attempts to build a nationwide movement of racists

‘Reclaim Australia’ attempts to build a nationwide movement of racists

April 1, 2015 at 9:48 am

For more than a decade anti-Muslim sentiment has been on the rise in Australia. It has been actively fostered by both major parties and echoed in the mainstream media following the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. By Mel Gregson, Socialist Party Racist propaganda dehumanizing and belittling Muslim populations has been […]

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No Room for Racism!

No Room for Racism!

March 27, 2015 at 12:53 pm

Rally Against ‘Reclaim Australia’ on April 4! Economic inequality is on the rise throughout the world. The global economic crisis has seen millions of people driven into poverty while at the same time a small group of super rich have profited handsomely at our expense. By next year, 1% of […]

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